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Wanted: Ideas for reforming Minnesota government

There are 32 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Feb 8, 2010, titled Wanted: Ideas for reforming Minnesota government. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota lawmakers are looking for the public's ideas on changing the way business is done in the state.

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Elk River, MN

#1 Feb 8, 2010
Daugh! It is time to tighten the belt. Arts budget get cut in half. Legislature salaries cut by 1/3 to start with. Everyone must make sacrafices and stop talking about it. We just can't live beyond our means and quite making stories how good we have it. The people out of Jobs can't aford to cut anything, they are craming every cent out of their dollars. Jobs are the answer and not let them go out of state. If they do than tax their products coming in. It doesn't stop them from comerce but it will even the playing field.

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Feb 8, 2010
I have an idea. How about welfare reform. I mean, how about giving a hand up instead of a hand out (not in all cases of course). Take all that money and send folks to school.
Bob the Bilderberg

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Feb 8, 2010
Legislature should only meet every other year. Abolish per diem and cut their pay in half.

Saint Paul, MN

#4 Feb 8, 2010
"Marquart said serious reform will improve the efficiency of state services and prevent future layoffs of state workers."
Maybe what is best for the state IS the layoff of state workers and to discontinue many government programs that are worthless!
That is where I would start!
the cold hard truth

United States

#5 Feb 8, 2010
Just vote out everyone that voted for anything that was pro illegal immigrant , anybody that voted to help the parasitic Somalis.
the cold hard truth

United States

#6 Feb 8, 2010
Also vote anybody out that is not for welfare reform.

West Salem, WI

#7 Feb 8, 2010
Increase hunting license sales by freeing up the many thousands of acres of public lands controlled by roadside land barons!Many of our best hunting lands cannot be used because every traversable acre of dry land along the roadway is marked no trespassing.Most of these are just small unimproved lots without utilities or buildings. What do they pay for these in taxes ? Under $100 per lot or acre per year I'd bet!Give the people the use of the land and the DNR coffers will soon be full again!
amy beehive

United States

#8 Feb 8, 2010
First, quit voting for liberals.
Marty Seifert was on the Sunday morning news ,and the first thing he said he would do was Welfare Reform. Rybeck told everyone to come out to the Lopit to avoid the "hot air" in the TV studio.(meaning Seifert) Nice!

Saint Paul, MN

#9 Feb 8, 2010
Stop the same old stuff. Eat doughnuts and lose weight. Hire more government employees and increase employment. BS.

How about....

Cut the legislature in 1/2. Quit buying items you want and start paying for items we need. Don't fund government agencies and non-profits (MPR - non profit my ****) that insist on wasting taxpayer's dollars to sue each other. Do away with just one layer of bureaucracy - ie: the unelected Met Council. Stop stifling small businesses with never-ending regulations and taxes. Understand that just because some agency is dangling "Federal Money" in front of you, it is not always a "fantastic opportunity" to spend more. Realize that "more money for education" is not working. The more that is provided never seems to be enough for the lobbyists. Stop providing busing for students who live two blocks from schools. Stop providing a bus to pick up one student and haul them 20 miles to their "special class". Quit providing low cost or reduced priced meals to students who have a $100 cell phone and are texting rather than eating, anyway.

My legislator just sent me a mailing asking what we could do to save money. She's one of the biggest spenders over there. I don't expect she'll stop now.
Joe Merlot

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Feb 8, 2010
How about being smart enough to do your flippin job without having to go to the public to solicit ideas. Are these jokers really that stupid that they need help doing their jobs or are they just to chicken shat to do their jobs out in the open and require a feel good platform to obfuscate themselves.

OMG what a bunch of losers.
Freedom Lover

Minneapolis, MN

#11 Feb 8, 2010
Pass a law that indexes government workers and politicians salaries, benefits and health care to the private sector employees of the state who pay their salaries. Include those whining public school teachers as well.

Mound, MN

#12 Feb 8, 2010
Lets have term limits placed on all house and senate members. Say two terms and no benefits.

Burnsville, MN

#13 Feb 8, 2010
this should be like shooting ducks in a barrel!

Elk Mound, WI

#14 Feb 9, 2010
Here’s an idea, lets start with mandatory sterilization for anyone of childbearing age who voted for Al Franken in the last election. If you still have a Franken bumper sticker on your car after all the stupidity we’ve seen thus far we’ll just terminate you and if you have any, your assets will be confiscated and used to pay on either the debt Obama is forcing on all of us, to cover medical expenses for some illegal alien, or attorney fees in association with extending Constitutional rights to non citizen ENEMIES of America!

Minneapolis, MN

#15 Feb 9, 2010
How about stopping things like this:

Kalin is failing

Richland, WA

#16 Feb 9, 2010
Dump this pathetic loser

Since: Feb 08

Ely, Minnesota

#17 Feb 9, 2010
Easy... Throw everyone that is in office now, local, county, state, and federal out of their office. Line them up in front of the state capital, and pull the triggers. Then begin the next American revolution right here in Minnesota. Worry about the outcome later, and just enjoy the fun.

Antioch, TN

#18 Feb 9, 2010
Reform number one: treat people born in Minnesota the same and provide the same benefits that people immigrating here get. Provide public annual reports of who is recieving welfare, social security and free medical care. (Age, Sex and country of original origin). You would be surprised about how many people move to the 'welfare' state as single parents or from another country and go directly on social security. We do not need peoples names or private informatoin only the facts of where our taxs are going. And a public forum for native minnesotans who are denied welfare, eeoc, human and civil rights protections. There has been a Exodus of minnesotans who were originally born here we lost this state to foreignors and the republicans

Minneapolis, MN

#19 Feb 9, 2010
Ho about a law that prohibits the governor from campaigning for president before his job here is done. At least Palin had the decency to quit.

Plymouth, MN

#20 Feb 9, 2010
The problem is the process. Here are some solutions; eliminate per diem, reduce salaries by 50%, reduce the timeframe the legislature is in session, a surplus by law, MUST be returned to the tax payers, "term limits" on welfare, state biennium budget increase can be no greater than inflation.

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